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Shirley Bartels

July 29, 1941 - June 14, 2010


5-7:00 P.M. Thursday, June 17 in Hillsboro United Parish, Hillsboro ND.

Prayer Service:

7:00 P.M. Thursday, June 17 in Hillsboro United Parish, Hillsboro ND.

Funeral Service:

11:00 A.M. Friday, June 18 in Hillsboro United Parish, Hillsboro ND.


Riverside Cemetery, Hillsboro ND.


Wildeman Funeral Home, Hillsboro.

Shirley Bartels

July 29, 1941 - June 14, 2010


Shirley Ann Bartels, 68, Hillsboro, ND, died Monday, June 14, 2010, in the Hillsboro Medical Center under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley after a courageous battle with breast cancer. 

Shirley was born July 29, 1941, to Albert and Martha (Melting) Sorum of Cummings, ND.  She was one of eleven Sorum children.  Shirley grew up near Cummings and graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1959.  On August 30, 1968, she married John C. Bartels in Moorhead, MN.  They had 5 children.  They made their homes in Kelso, ND, and Hillsboro, ND.  Over the years, Shirley provided in-home daycare and cleaning services.  She most recently worked as a waitress at the Paddlewheel.  She retired in 2008.  Shirley loved the sunshine and good friends.  She took pride in her well-manicured lawn, and was meticulous in her house cleaning. Her sense of humor will be remembered by all. 

Survivors include her husband, John Bartels, Hillsboro; one daughter, Kandyce (Matt) Arriaga, Murrieta, CA; four sons, Keven (Melanie) Morehart, Philip, SD; Kent (Deanna, a special friend) Morehart and Kyle (Amy Jo) Morehart, both of Hillsboro; Kory (Sheri) Bartels, Oxbow, ND; sisters Lois (Charles) Grove, Betty Riemer, and Sandra (Verle) Peterson, all of Hillsboro; 19 grandchildren, Karissa, Grand Forks, ND, Kayla, Mayville, ND, Jacob and Maggi, both Devils Lake, ND;  Madyson, Bosten, and Stratton, all Philip, SD;  Ashley, Josh, Joey and Madisyn, all California; Adriana, Brandon, Paityn, Derek, and Mary, all Hillsboro; Jake, Big Fork, MN;  Parker and Avery, both Oxbow, ND; 2 great-grandchildren, Isabella, Grand Forks, and Hailee, Mayville; and many nieces and nephews. 

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Earl, Roy, and Donnie; sisters Ethel, Ruby, Mavis, and LaVerne. 


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  1. Shawn (kjos) Reedyk says:

    clermont fl My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Along with so many great memories of times spent with Shirley and relatives.

  2. Richaard Olson says:

    Moorhead Minnesota
    We will miss you very much.
    Lotza Love from, Rich, Nancy,Kayla, Abby and Andy. You will be greatly missed.

  3. Joel Milton says:

    Presho South DakotaKeven, Melainie, Madyson, Bosten, and Stratton my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families on the loss of your mother and grandmother. I hope that time will ease the pain of your loss. Alot of people in Presho are thinking about you and your family and are keeping you in their prayers. Take care. Joel

  4. Shelia Trask says:

    Wasta SD Our sympathy on your loss! May your fondest memories be cherished!

  5. Donna and Mark Galbreath says:

    Merrifield MnAunt Shirley fought a valiant fight with cancer. Her stamina was second to none. We will all miss her . Know that all of you are in our prayers. God Bless, With Love, Donna and Mark

  6. Kimberly Riemer-Jacobson says:

    Hillsboro ND
    Shirley’s sense of humor was second to none. Also, there will never be cleaning done again as well as the Sorum sisters. I have always said you could eat off their kitchen floors and drink the toliet water! I have always wanted to be like them, yet I will always pale in comparison. I can say that my life has been richer for having them in it. Shirley, may you be at peace and rest.

  7. Vonda and Jason Hamill Family says:

    Milesville SDKeven, Melanie and Kids~
    We are thinking of you all while you deal with Shirley’s passing. Take care of yourselves, and know that many of us here have you in our hearts.
    Jason, Vonda, Nick and Carson

  8. Denise Matz says:

    Cut Bank MTWe are so sorry to hear about Shirley’s passing – our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  9. Mike and Marie Wollschlager says:

    Moorhead MN
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

  10. Karen Clement says:

    Hettinger ND

  11. Donnie & Becky Willert says:

    Princeton MN
    Aunt Shirley – you will be missed immensely! I love you with all my heart and have absolutely wonderful memories of you as my Aunt, GodMother and Friend. Coming home to Hillsboro without you there, will leave a huge hole. I am so happy that you found Uncle Bart. I know that he brought much joy to your life and truly was your soul mate. Your 5 beautiful children and their families are a tribute to you and Bart! I will remember you for many things but most of all because you were my Friend! I love you – Becky & Donnie

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